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Vazquez struggles a bit against Orioles

New York Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez (31) delivers

New York Yankees pitcher Javier Vazquez (31) delivers to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning. (March 13, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

TAMPA, Fla. - Javier Vazquez wasn't quite as crisp in his second start of spring training as he was in his first.

The Yankees' fourth starter allowed two runs and four hits in three innings in yesterday's 5-3 split-squad victory over the Orioles, with Ty Wigginton's two-run homer in the second accounting for the runs.

"I felt OK,'' Vazquez said. "My command wasn't as good as my first time out, but I felt good. My arm feels good.''

Vazquez said he "rushed'' at times and that his secondary pitches were better in his first outing March 8, when he struck out four Phillies in two innings and threw extremely well after allowing Jimmy Rollins' homer on the game's first pitch.

"Today I threw some pitches that the action just wasn't what it was supposed to be,'' Vazquez said. "So I have to work on that.''

Aceves settles down

Alfredo Aceves took over for Vazquez in the fourth inning and gave up a homer to Garrett Atkins to start the inning, the first run he's allowed. He followed with three scoreless innings.

Fifth-inning stretch

DH Nick Johnson, who had an opposite-field RBI double in a three-run first inning and a line-drive single to right in the second, was stretching in the clubhouse in the bottom of the fifth inning when reporters were allowed in to talk to Vazquez. Johnson said it was normal stretching to keep loose.

Extra bases

Mariano Rivera, Damaso Marte and Chan Ho Park threw batting practice. Rivera and Marte are scheduled to pitch Tuesday. Park likely will appear in his first game later in the week.

George Steinbrenner was in attendance, as he's been for all but one of the home games. Hal Steinbrenner told The Associated Press that "the plan" is for his father to attend the Yankees' home opener April 13.

The Yankees reassigned LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Wilkins Arias and Kei Igawa, RHPs D.J. Mitchell and Kevin Whelan and C Kyle Higashioka. They optioned RHP Andrew Brackman to Class A Tampa, RHP Christian Garcia to Double-A Trenton and Wilkin De La Rosa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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